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The Department has its origins in Automobile and Aeronautical Engineering courses started in 1919 and 1935 respectively. Since becoming a University in 1964 the Department has built on its teaching strengths and gained a national and international reputation for research. The Department also maintains close links with industry and research establishments through its research and consultancy activities. Current and recent collaborations include, EPSRC, BAE Systems, the Ministry of Defence, Rolls-Royce, Ford Motor Company, Land Rover, Jaguar Cars, MIRA, Visteon, Perkins Engines, Rover, Audi, Lotus Engineering and others. The department is also successful in obtaining funding through European channels.